Lisa Comfort’s story begins first and foremost with her love of sewing. Founding her business ‘Sew Over it’ in 2011, her aim was to take sewing to the masses. Following her own renovation project, and with her passion for colour and pattern, Lisa has recently launched ‘Lisa Comfort Home’ where she shares with her followers glimpses of her stylish home whilst offering advice on how to reinvent your own space.
Here, we talk to Lisa about where she finds her inspiration, how she came to choose Roger Oates, and transforming her hallway using our Eldon Grey runner.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your background. Have you always been interested in interiors?
Yes, as a little girl I would spend my weekends in my room rearranging it! I moved a lot in London, as often you need to, and each time I would love the challenge of making my room nice!
Where did your love of colour and pattern come from?
I have always loved colour. It lifts me and my mood. It can literally make you smile. So my homes have always been full of colourful items. I have always loved putting colours together. I take the same pleasure doing this in my home as I do when I get dressed in the morning. As for pattern, I am not sure, I’m just drawn to it like a moth to a flame! My favourite place to go is India – it is full of both patterns and colour!
Describe your home, how long have you lived there, what changes have you made?
We have only lived here for 6 months. We gutted the house completely by extending the kitchen and building a Mansard loft conversion, so a lot of work! It was quite stressful choosing every single item and trying to visualise it all but I am really pleased with how it has ended up.
How would you describe your design style?
I would say eclectic, colourful and sophisticated.
Where do you find your interior inspiration?
All over! Pinterest, Instagram and magazines are obvious ones but also from trips to places like India, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Morocco. I can draw influence from all of these places.
Who are your design icons/influencers?
I love Sophie Robinson – I want to make our home more colourful like hers! I also love Matthew Williamson.
Which is your favourite room in your house and why?
Our kitchen. It is blue and calming and spacious but it is also full of colour and it looks out onto our garden which is full of colourful flowers of course!
Tell us why you chose a Roger Oates Design runner?
I’d been stalking you on Instagram and thought it would be really special – it is the first thing you see when you come in the house and I love how it pulls everything together. I had seen Sophie Robinson’s stair runner on Instagram and wanted a bright raspberry one like hers but decided in the end, for this space, the grey really works!
What is the best compliment you have had about your runner?
How chic it is and how the colours are perfect for the space.
What advice would you give to someone looking to update their hallway?
I think painting banisters and stairs a dark colour is super on trend at the moment but I think it is really practical too! I had white stairs in our last home and they were a nightmare to clean! I think you can then be bold with a runner – make a statement!